Ask yourself this question: do you like `slasher' films? If the answer is yes, then you probably enjoy daft youngsters getting stalked by killers, women running around in very little clothes, blood and gore and, of course, the most virtuous of the group surviving. Therefore, you will also probably like Paradise Lost, as it ticks all those boxes.
There's nothing new here - a group of annoyingly fit backpackers goes to Brazil, only to stumble into somewhere they really wish they hadn't. I won't go into detail about what exactly the `nasties' want from them, but it's no advert for the Brazilian tourist board.
Saying the film is just `average' would be a little unfair. It's definitely better than the vast majority of B-movie, cash-in, slasher films, but it's no masterpiece. Basically, if you enjoy the genre, you should enjoy this one.
on 29 January 2014
Alex and his sister Bea, and her friend Amy meet other travellers and become friends after an accident with their bus.
They follow a track through the woods and find a hidden paradise. They decide to stay in the place drinking with the locals and they meet Brazilian teenager Kiko.
They are drugged and when they wake up, they are practically naked, with all their belongings, clothes, money, jewels, passports, backpacks stolen.
They walk to a small village trying to find a police station, they get into trouble with the dwellers and they are helped by their acquaintance Kiko, who leads them to his uncle's isolated well-equipped cabin in the woods to wait for the next bus two days later.
At night, Kiko's "uncle" arrives with his friends and the group discloses the sinister intentions of the newcomers.....
Released at the same time as Hostel, and during the reign of 'Saw', this is one of those movies that got ignored by the public, due to bad press and the act that most people thought it would be another torture porn movie.
There are violent scenes, but its so much more than a torture porn movie. For a start, the characters really are believable, and you do care for one or two of them, and also a few grate on you.
Desmond Askew is particular irritating, especially if you are from his side of the world. He is a typical cockney wide boy, and it irks me to think that film makers as still typecasting us Brits as this awful parody.
It loss a few points for this, but otherwise, it's a solid movie, with really beautiful locations, and a swimming scene that is pure Oceana to the eyes.
Ignore the fact that it's classed as torture porn and enjoy it for what it is, a film about the dangers of travelling and straying off the path.
After their bus crashes while touring in Brazil, a group of young adults find themselves in a world of misery...
Not ever likely to be watched by members of the Brazilian Tourist Board, Turistas (AKA: Paradise Lost) is a whole mixed bag of a movie. Narratively it has been done before, a bunch of pretty types end up coming face to face with criminals and psychopaths in a land they don't know and barely understand.
The build up to the horror elements is slow, and for some horror fans it takes too long. Yet conversely it's good that the makers have afforded time for the characterisations to build, allowing for some humour, some drama and an insight into a multi national group dynamic. You may not much care what happens to them, but at least you know them!
Actually filmed on location in Brazil, there's a lot of mother nature's natural beauty (and her tough terrain at times) on show, all neatly photographed by Enrique Chediak (28 Weeks Later/127 Hours). However, the trump card is the underwater sequences, which are superbly put together, including a thrilling extended chase sequence that lifts the film out of horror'thriller averageville.
There's messages in the mix that valiantly try to make a point, but they get lost as things go a bit cuckoo. Yet there's enough good craft on show, and a horror sequence guaranteed to make you squirm, to make this worth a viewing. It is a good bit better than what some of the hate poured on it suggests, though the caveat is that horror fans should know it only gets into horror territory late in the day. 6/10
on 22 March 2015
What more do you want?....beautiful beach, isolated beach bar, hunks in shorts, bikini clad girls, plenty of drinks, loud music and dancing….. Well some horror for a start. The first hour runs like a cheap holiday promo for a secluded beach holiday— Then it turns sour as 6 friends find themselves in a ‘Wrong Turn’ situation meets ‘The Descent’ with a bit of ‘Saw’ thrown in for the squeamish.
The film is slow to get into its stride, building up the interplay between the main characters, whilst teasing with flashes of suspense as it lays the basic plot out. Its only an hour in when the ‘horror’ aspect cuts in for the next quarter of an hour and the rest is just a question of will anyone get away or not.
This is definitely not a ‘must see’ but is more a ‘worth seeing’ movie, but others offer far more scares and surprises. Its well filmed and acted but lacks true horror being more of a suspense type thriller than gore fest slasher being the kind of movie that becomes quite scary if you can imagine yourself in that situation, but it all comes too late in the film. That all said, the disc main menu offers play, scene selection, special features [make –up effect & deleted scenes] and set up [basically subtitles or for hard of hearing].
If its ‘in your face’ slasher gore you’re looking for, or the suspense of ‘Vacancy’, then avoid this, if it’s a fun holiday that goes wrong, but is light on scares and heavy on beautiful locations, then this could be for you. A decent *** rating but to give four would be pushing it as its not what’s advertised.
A group of young people on holiday in Brazil narrowly survive a bus accident and are then left stranded in the middle of nowhere for 10 hours while waiting for the next bus to arrive. They do a little exploring and come across a beach and a bar and make the most of their time by swimming, drinking and partying. They are then drugged and wake up with all of their belongings stolen. Little do they know that the locals not only want their belongings but also their internal organs.
I had low expectations for this, giving that similar films like Hostel and the more recent Saw film have been nothing more than average, but this wasn't the torture porn horror that I was expecting to see, rather a tense and exciting thriller that was actually quite good.
The storyline was pretty basic but was well executed, building the story up slowly but still managing to keep my interest throughout. It also had a fairly decent reasoning for the killings, rather than just mutilating the tourists for the sake of it. The actual torture scenes were not in it all that much either, so if you have seen the trailer, it is very misleading in that sense, but all the better for it really.
There are some pretty gruesome effects but nothing that hasn't been seen before and there isn't anything at all original about it. However it is a fairly enjoyable horror while it lasts with lots of shocks and scares and plenty of eye-candy too for us guys with some hot young women running about in tiny bikinis for the whole duration of the film.
Overall this is well worth a watch if you like thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat and are genuinely quite scary if you imagine yourself in this kind of situation. Definitely worth a rent, at least.
After narrowly escaping with their lives when their bus veers out of control and crashes down a hill, a group of '20-somethings' seeking sun, sea and sex in South America head for a nearby beach where they discover a party paradise: golden sand, blue sea, and a bar where they can hang out with like-minded backpackers and locals.After a hard night drinking and dancing, they wake up to discover that they have been robbed of all of their possessions; someone had spiked their drinks so They hike to a nearby village, and run into some trouble with the locals, but are rescued by a friendly teenager named Kiko who promises to take them to his uncle's house.But in reality, Kiko is leading them to their fates: his 'uncle' is a crazed surgeon harvesting the organs of 'gringos' in order to help poor ailing Brazilians who are desperately in need of life-saving transplants.7/10
on 18 March 2012
a group of people involved in a bus crash in while on holiday in brazil find a paradise looking island with all the beer and partying they colud wish for!. there they make friends with a local man. the next morning they awake to find they were drugged and all there belongings and passports are taken while they slept!. they turn to the help of the local friend to help. instead he leads them to his uncle who takes the organs of the foriengers to give to the brazilian people!... a gr8 film to watch, i did think when i first seen it they could of had a bit more tense to it, but i must say it has got better with every watch. one to have in the collection.
on 19 February 2015
Despite spending time revealing Brazilian culture at its best, this still plays the White supremacist trope that foreign countries are dangerous for Whites simply because of the dark skins of the natives. Moving on from believing that foreign people and their resources are to be exploited and mocked, we now see the naked fear behind such a polity.
It is easy to understand why the natives detest White tourists because of the quintessential White supremacism of the latter. But these issues are never fully explored dramatically in favor of gore, cheap thrills and a sense that the mestizo of Brazil is finally getting its revenge on the palefaces for the generic exploitation of the Third World for the sole benefit of the First.
There is no real sense of terror, suspense or even credibility here. As usual, the mixed bag of Westernized Whites is political innocence abroad as if they can do little wrong - even in their self-admitted purposelessness. This creates a curious lack of empathy between us and the central characters; almost making us side with the evil goings on perpetrated against them.
Hitchcock knew that the greatest horror comes from the familiar seen differently, rather than simply relying on the rather obvious fear-of-the-unknown here. He also knew that you have to establish the characters and their relationship to each other in order for an audience to care about them.
on 27 January 2008
I was having second thoughts on purchasing this movie - mostly because of the extreme number of bad reviews. I haven't let bad reviews scare me away so far, so, I ignored them and went ahead anyway, and I'm glad I did.
Paradise Lost is a great horror movie that any horror buff will love. It's jam packed with everything, and most importantly has a lot of suspense - which is the key in any horror movie.
I won't give away the story for those who haven't seen it. All you need to know is this is a great movie. Not just for renting, purchasing too. There are a lot of intense scenes here that bring a sense of realism to the situation these young tourists are in. Deff a great film to add to your scare collection.
Two thumbs up!!
Judged for what it is - a bunch of twenty somethings who don't all make it to the closing credits - it's really very good. The acting is solid, the threat well set-up, the gore played just right - not too much and the baddie is not over the top - in fact frighteningly credible. It only falters towards the end which begins to feel rushed and not sufficiently plotted to maintain the tension, relying too much on a prolonged chase scene. Some terror stricken dialogue would have done a lot to inject life into the last third of the movie but there's almost none. However well and truly a cut above the average, with nice cinematography too.